Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 9/10/12
If you observed USC defensive end Morgan Breslin during fall camp, chances were you didn't see much. Head coach Lan Kiffin likes to use the word "flash." If a player has a good day of practice or does something that was unexpected, Kiffin will say this player or that player "flashed today." He wasn't saying that a whole lot about Breslin except when the Trojans would have scrimmages. That's when Breslin would show up. He's played and felt comfortable in game-like situations and so far this season it's transferred over to the actual games on Saturdays. Kiffin says Breslin has been "unbelievable" in his first two games as a Trojan. The junior college transfer from Diablo Valley College is leading the team in tackles for loss with four and is tied with freshman defensive lineman Leonard Williams for the team lead in sacks with two. Breslin also deflected a pass that led to a Dion Bailey interception in the 42-29 win over Syracuse last Saturday. "Morgan has probably been, I would say, the surprise of our team where from the spring or the beginning of fall camp until today," Kiffin said. "It's great to see. Obviously we've needed him, having issues at that position." The Trojans' projected starters at defensive end have yet to play a game this season. Devon Kennard may be out for the entire season after tearing his right pectoral muscle in a weightlifting accident and the team's most experienced defensive lineman, Wes Horton, has yet to suit up with an undisclosed injury. Breslin has filled in nicely, continuing what he started in junior college last season where he led the state in both sacks and tackles for loss. In his two-year career at Diablo Valley, Breslin totaled 28 sacks. Kiffin says Breslin's emergence is similar to that of running back Curtis McNeal a season ago. In addition to the academics issues he had, McNeal, known around the team as "Moody," wasn't the best practice performer and didn't always exhibit the best effort. "Once we gave him an opportunity last year he was a gamer," said Kiffin of McNeal. So far, Breslin is proving to be one too.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Julius Thomas traded to Dolphins

Joe Mixon likely to go undrafted in April?

Belichick officially updates boat’s name to ‘VII Rings’

Canseco warns humanity about robot takeover in Twitter rant

Rick Ankiel drank vodka before pitching in 2000 NLDS

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kings throw shade at Cousins in press release announcing trade

Report: Jets tampered with Revis through private phones, secret meetings

Calipari shoots down talk of him leaving Kentucky for Pelicans

Report: Carmelo prefers trade to Clippers or Lakers

Report: Kings blowing up roster, putting Darren Collison, Ben McLemore on block

Russell Westbrook's beef with Kevin Durant might not be over after all

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Too much to Process: Can Simmons match the Embiid hype?

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Is the NBA All-Star Game worth saving?

Movies you can stream now to get your football fix

The Rewind: Michael Jordan's last All-Star Game

Best of Yardbarker: NBA All-Star Games past, present and future

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams, players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher with 200 or more wins since 1961

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

Movies you can stream now to get your football fix

Is the NBA All-Star Game worth saving?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker